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21.05.2015
On May 15, 2015 the annual conference of National Association of Mass Media Researchers (NAMMI) “Current Issues in Media Studies-2015” took place at the Faculty of Journalism, MSU. Researches from the many cities of Russia and countries of CIS discussed the status of contemporary media sphere and presented some results of their ongoing research projects.

The format of the conference serves the purpose of the many-sided understanding of media in the modern context. It included several sections: “Mass Media as a Social Institution”, “Media Texts ”, “Theoretical Studies of Mass Media and Journalism”, “Mass Media in the Digital Era”, “The Organization of Mass Media Production”.

Within the frames of the conference the Dean of the Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Professor Elena Vartanova and the Director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Saint-Petersburg State University, Professor Anatoly Puyu rewarded the winners of the international contest of media researches “NAMMI-2014”.

The first place was shared by two monographs: “Russian Media Holdings: The National Experience of Media Concentration” (by Sergey Smirnov, Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University) and “The Theory of Journalism in Russia: Origin and Development” (ed. Gregory Korkonosenko, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Saint-Petersburg State University). The second prize was given to “Communicative Practices in the Modern Media Space” (ed. Ludmila Shesterkina, South Ural State University); the third one was conferred to “Media on the Eve of Postsecular World” (ed. Victor Sidorov, Saint-Petersburg State University). Furthermore, Alexander Kazakov, Saratov State University was awared a special prize for the best article series “Analytical Potential of the Framing and Agenda-Setting Theories”.

Plenary session included the speeches by Elena Vartanova (Lomonosov Moscow State University), Gregory Korkonosenko (Saint-Petersburg State University), Alexander Chernov (Cherepovets State University) and Irina Poluehtova (Lomonosov Moscow State University).

During the board meeting, NAMMI's steering committee discussed the importance of this annual conference for Russian research community. Professor Elena Vartanova, NAMMI's President, emphasized that the number of NAMMI’s members has increased in the past year, which points to the growth of organization’s authority in the academic world.

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